Why Drinking With Coworkers Is So Important In Japanese Work Culture

Dec 21, 2015 | Views: 1,791

 

By Kay Sakamoto

In Japan, dining and drinking with your coworkers is very common, in fact it can be an unspoken requirement in some companies. Many Japanese feel that after work parties are an important way to enhance relationships. It can be useful to understand who your coworkers are, their typical mindset when they are relaxed and outside of the office.

The background of this activity may have a lot to do with the fact that lifetime employment was the standard in Japan for a long time. Establishing good relationship with your coworkers was very important as you may spend nearly forty years with them. It even had a name – nominication (coined word combining “nomu(drinking)” and “communication”).  

In a typical Japanese company every aspect of the employee’s work is regulated. Everyone is seated right at the start of the day, lunch is strictly one hour from twelve noon sharp. Talking with your colleagues is considered as “shigo (private talk)” and should be kept to a minimum. Since there is not much room for establishing good or personal relationships at work, it was taken outside office where it won’t disturb their time dedicated to the company.  

Bosses, “Joshi,” and senior team members ,“Senpai,” invite the team, “Buka,” or junior staff, “Kohai,” to a quick dinner or a drink (which is never quick nor just one drink). The invitation is often with good intentions, to give them a chance to talk in case they had issues at work. Even if the conversation is not interesting, most of the Buka and Kohai just deal with it as it usually means a free drink or meal at a place they could not afford on their own.

A common saying in Japan is, “if you want to work your way up the corporate ladder you have to drink”. This was how many older generation workers established relationships and considered this the normal way of doing business.

The corporate life and culture has changed a lot in the last decade or so. The work environment is more flexible and accommodates the needs of individuals according to their lifestyle and stage of life. Career changes are more common and easier. If one corporate culture is not a fit, moving on is an option and there is less emphasis on building relationships that need to last a lifetime. The majority of the younger generation who started their career in such environment with more freedom tends to spend less time with their coworkers, and focus more on their life and relationships outside work.

A lot of those who experienced the culture of dining and drinking with coworkers agree that they did benefit from the time spent. They found it easier to talk to their boss in a relaxed atmosphere outside work. Relationships with coworkers developed closer after casual talks, sharing concerns about their work or about other coworkers. Some become more than just a coworker and a friend. A lot of Japanese coworkers marry one another. How does that happen? Like many other relationships, dining brought them closer, and even luckier ones found their future partner.

The bonenkai (year end party) / shin-nenkai (new year party) season is coming up. If you never tried it, I would recommend giving some thoughts to join in. You could be pleasantly surprised how entertaining some of your colleagues (and even bosses) are once they step outside office!

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  1. nicholas on Jul 30, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    This is an interesting culture. Basically is the bonding time with coworkers. This type of bonding will increase work efficiency and as well as harmony and respect. During the working time, the environment will be tense and not much time can be spare out. After work is the best timing for socialize.

    Besides drinking, it can be some other activities like sports game (bowling, badminton, boardgame and etc. What important is the bonding created and brings benefits to every individual as well as the company.

  2. Lew on Aug 16, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Though I have not worked in Japanese company before, but I have heard many times about this culture of Japan where employees gather to drink after work. I have an Australia friend and he told me that it is common to have a drink with colleagues after work. Sometimes it is just 30 minutes of relaxing and share some ideas.

    I think this idea is quite good, especially when the office environment is tensed with work, and there is no time to catch up. I always feel to be productive, we need to get to know our colleagues personally, and a get together after work is a good idea. In one of my previous employments, we had bowling every Friday and I find it very effective in creating a friendly environment for the employees.

    But of course, if you are going to drink alcohol, please drink responsibly and follow the laws of the country.

  3. Wan Wai Meng on May 27, 2016 at 1:12 am

    The Koreans have a strict code of boss and subordinate, and probably the same goes for the Japanese too. I went once to a dinner hosted by client who are Koreans, not a good idea if you are not used to drinking a lot. The Malaysian team who were in Seoul, well only one guy kind of took in all the drinks and was alright, the other guys well … not the stuff of legends you would tell to impress your friends.

  4. Sarah Yap on Mar 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I have always liked Japanese culture. If there was any culture or society that is closest to an ‘enlightened society’, I would think the Japanese are almost there. Of course this is my opinion as an outsiders and this is what I see being portrayed, either it is true or they’re very good at giving such an impression to outsiders like myself.

    However, the practice of drinking after work to get to know your workmates better, I am absolutely sure that is beneficial. Of course, in the Japanese culture it involves drinking, but the same method can be applied through various other activities like just having dinner together if you’re not the drinking type.

    Recently, Google published a research about what makes a dynamic, productive and happy work team, a project which they name Project Aristotle to find out what makes the perfect working team. And the results? As we would have guessed… the teams that turned up the best even if they are made up of average workers (compared to a team of top achievers) are those that apply these two points 1) Equality in speech distribution, and 2) Social sensitivity. And these two points are obviously achieved with the Japanese culture of going out together for drinks, where everyone gets to talk with each other, and at the same time learn about their workmates so they may be more sensitive towards their needs and their personalities.

    It truly is important to have a dynamic and happy team. As most high achieved people would say… “If your staff are happy and motivated, then your business would run by itself”

  5. Pastor Adeline on Jan 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    日本人做事認真、有效率,是我們常聽說的。其國家的發展蓬勃跟人民專注在事業--工作的時候認真工作,玩樂的時候放鬆歡樂--是息息相關的。不過,這兩種情況對一個追求心靈層次提升的人來說,有可能是兩個極端,生活上頗難達到平衡,人與人之間的距離拉遠,而且讓人有很拘謹的感覺。

    工作的時候專注於工作其實是很好的,分秒必爭,可以在幾個小時內很有效率地完成很多事,不多談論其他無關重要的事,也可以避免人事的糾紛。可是當大家只著重於工作,友情也就比較難建立起來,因為大家只想把工作做好,所以無暇顧及其他的事情。

    雖然說下班後可以暢飲,但在酒精的引導下,有多少個人真正可以很清醒地了解或感受到對方的心情?要瞭解一個人是需要多方面去探索和接觸,一起工作其實是更容易看到對方的性格、能力、恐懼或不足等,然後可以做適合的調整或共進退,促進友好關係的建立。

    今天如果工作只允許討論工作,下班後其實大家也急著回家,或找能談心的友人去,因為時間很寶貴,工作夥伴已經共用了多半的時間,工作以外當然就是 sayonara 咯!

    • Pastor Adeline on Jan 14, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      日本人做事認真、有效率,是我們常聽說的。其國家的發展蓬勃跟人民專注在事業--工作的時候認真工作,玩樂的時候放鬆歡樂--是息息相關的。然而就像世間大部分的事情一樣,這種做法一樣有利有弊。在心靈層面上,這種做法更是弊多於利。

      工作的時候專注於工作其實是很好的,分秒必爭,可以在幾個小時內很有效率地完成很多事,不多談論其他無關重要的事,也可以避免人事的糾紛。可是,當大家只著重於工作,友情也就比較難建立起來,因為大家只想把工作做好,所以無暇顧及其他的事情。

      雖然說下班後可以暢飲,但在酒精的引導下,有多少個人真正可以很清醒地瞭解或感受到對方?酒醒之後的空虛感是更讓人難受的。

      要瞭解一個人是需要多方面去探索和接觸。比起下班後的聚會,一起工作其實是更容易看到對方的性格、能力、恐懼或不足等,然後可以做適當的調整,促進友好關係的建立。

      由此可見,寓工作於娛樂應該是比較中庸的做法。把工作當成一項娛樂,從中培養自己的興趣;把同事當朋友,從中建立真正的友情。把工作和娛樂之間的分界消解,人也會活得更加愉快。再怎麼說,只要轉個念,這不失為一件實際可行的事。

  6. Edward Ooi on Jan 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    This is merely just my opinion, there are many co-workers out there that has been bullied or cheated at work and a part of them will not speak up to the boss maybe it is because they are afraid that their boss doesn’t believe them or the boss might fire them for complaining.

    I agree and like this idea very much is because it actually gives the co-workers to establish really good relationships with their own bosses then it is much easier for them to talk to about their problems with other co-workers or the company system. Not only that it serves as a great platform for them to speak up, the co-workers will also get to know their boss and other-workers better as in their personalities, learn to respect everyone within the company more and they won’t feel like they are in boring workplace instead they might even look forward to work as they have established such good relationships within the company.

    Again, I really like this idea of workplace very much and I think everyone from around the world should follow this idea as it will make the workplace become a much more friendly place. Thank you for reading.

  7. JP on Jan 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    It has always been known in Japanese culture that drinking and dining with one’s boss or client everyday after work is necessary and compulsory. This shows that one is dedicated to their job. It was unacceptable to return home immediately after work because it showed that the person is not dedicated and lazy.

    Every country has it’s culture. In Hong Kong, everyone is expected to only finish work around 9pm because business is competitive and everyone needs to out beat one another. In Nepal, the culture is to go home right after 5pm to have dinner and spend time with the family because family is priority.

    Whatever the culture is, it’s all man made and therefore is neither right nor wrong. Just like each of our “reality” will differ because our karma to perceive the truth varies from person to person. In my opinion, it’s important to respect and embrace one another’s culture or “reality” so that it widens the perception of our “reality” and helps us realize and perceive the “truth” eventually.

  8. KB Thapa on Dec 31, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    One of my Friend told me in Japan, dining and drinking with your coworkers is very common, in fact it can be an unspoken requirement in some companies. Many Japanese feel that after work parties are an important way to enhance relationships. It can be useful to understand who your coworkers are, their typical mindset when they are relaxed and outside of the office.
    The background of this activity may have a lot to do with the fact that lifetime employment was the standard in Japan for a long time. Establishi. This is a very meaningful article Rinpoche Thank you, KB

  9. Stella Cheang on Dec 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Socialising after working hours is a norm in many Asian corporate culture. Many use this opportunity to propagate personal agenda. What is unique the way Japanese did it is by recognising it as an unspoken rule to bond and enhance working relationship.

    There are demerits to this culture because a lot of drinking and time away from family is involved. But if we consider the fact that the Japanese used to commonly spend a lifetime working with the same people, this bonding time is necessary; as long as exercised with self control.

    I enjoy reading this article as it reminds me that it is time to have some quality bonding time with my co-workers both at office work and at dharma work. Happy new year everyone. 🙂

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article that serves as a timely reminder to me.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  10. Chris Chong on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Dear Rinpoche,

    Thank you for sharing this post. It is well known that Japanese corporate culture involves drinks and after work hang outs with higher rank staffs or the boss. I used to think that maybe they just love to party. This post shed some light on me and I understand why they do it now. A good and positive working environment is crucial to the performance of the company and good relationship between the workers is a must. By having these hang outs after work, they can communicate in a more friend to friend basis which is way less stressful than boss to employee basis. This gives them chance to communicate better and at a deeper level.

    This shows that communication and understanding between colleagues is crucial to produce a productive and positive work environment which will result in the growth of the particular company or organization.

    Chris

  11. Vinnie Tan on Dec 24, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Drinking for the sake of “work” is a very common practice around Asia. I do not support the idea of drinking but that is what many people say so as to them it means a way to get together since during working hours is all about work.

    Seldom, they peers at work will be able to develop a close relationship if they do not hang out or have lunch together. Many times people think that only after work is a time to get to know the person better and also to share the troubles they have at work. It is amazing how some people will never be willing to share any “personal” time with their colleagues as well. However, when they have a problem, they expect all their colleagues to show care and concern for them.

    But I do believe that forming relationships are very important in work life.

  12. Beatrix Ooi on Dec 24, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Personally I do not really support the idea of drinking because whether if it’s for the sake of work and maintaining good relationships or just drinking for the sake of drinking, alcohols is still bad to our health.

    It’s good to learn that the Japanese values their work and colleagues relationships, because a harmonious working environment is what will help us to achieve results and accomplish our goals.

    I hope in the very near future, people will have a different idea of socialising and instead of drinking, they should come up with something else that is not harmful to the human body.

  13. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Dec 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article with us. I have some working experience with Japanese and they emphasize a lot of maintaining a good working relationship and understand each other well. They will take on our problems as theirs and together with us they will work hard to achieve the goals and target. Their openness and hard-working attitude win a lot of respect and admiration from many people around the world. A good example I have seen in Japan was even the older generations are still contributing to their country or company at their own capability.

    With folded hands,
    kin hoe

  14. Wah Ying on Dec 22, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    From this article I know better the meaning behind drinking and dining together after work, it’s not something “disturb” one’s work. Work is never a work, it involves so much communication and understanding with each others. Thanks for sharing, Rinpoche.

  15. Uncle Eddie on Dec 22, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    As I had been a worker with a big Japanese establishment, I would say that this seems a standard behaviourial practice for all Japanese Working environment. One of the most important requirement is to create and established good working relationship amongst co-workers. Perhaps this had become a standard culture for all Japanese companies too! Such gathering is usually initiated by bosses or higher rankings employees with the good intentions to trash out any grievances created daily at office between superiors and general staff employees. At such gatherings, initially starting with bosses encouraging and cheering their staffs up to drink and to talk anything freely with ease concerning office work. The main show will start off with lower-ranking employees slowly letting-off their steam on their unhappy feelings on whatever grievances they have after a few glasses of the “so-called-magical drinks of longevity”. But as pre-instructed, higher-ups have to endure happilly without any display of anger, unpleasantness or wrathfullness in appearances or verbally. Such open friendly atmosphere with complete humility on the employer’s side seems effective to cure any grievances on employer/employee relationship quite efficiently, thus ending with peace of mind on both side with happiness. That’s what good Japanese work culture is all about. Thank you Rinpoche for the interesting sharing.

  16. Valentina Suhendra on Dec 22, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Dear Rinpoche

    I like this article. Having experienced the business world before, it is true that socializing is very important. I have always considered myself very fortunate because I am a female, I could control the drinking invitation and quantity on that basis alone.

    Much love and care
    Valentina

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    Thank you Rinpoche for these profound teachings and sharing Pastor Henry’s update of his daily practice with us. A good example to follow . Death is something that no one could escape for sure. Its good to meditate on death nor matter how busy we are. The whole process of death and visualizing it is highly important for us . Reading this post will have us wake up , its time and never too late for anyone to practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/dear-henry-contemplate-daily.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Sep 17. 2020 11:00 PM
    Thank you for the interesting sharing of Kirlian Photography and Aura healing. The Kirlian photography technique is a very interesting method to capture the coronal discharge of certain subjects. Whether it is coloured aura or energy, I believe there are a certain energy that you emit out by what you are always of.

    Naturally, a lot of myths related to the subject emerged over time. And just like it is the case with many other spiritual and paranormal practices, there are plenty of believers who are ready to vouch for it, in spite of science having disproved their convictions.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Sep 17. 2020 02:56 PM
    Green School Bali is a private and international pre-kindergarten to high school located in Bali, Indonesia. Very unique structure all built entirely of bamboo . Its education system is also very special , more of an educational village community amongst the jungle and rice fields of Bali. All thanks to the founder of husband and wife team John and Cynthia Hardy. They are making towards humankind by creating a school with an education system that suits the needs of today’s world. Looking at all the beautiful pictures tells us a thousand words. The unique structure is amazing indeed. This Green School has indeed inspires a global renaissance.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this wonderful sharing of such a school which I first come across.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/amazing-trailblazing-green-school-in-indonesia-you-must-learn-about-this-incredible-place.html

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
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Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
2 weeks ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
4 weeks ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
4 weeks ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
4 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
4 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
4 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
5 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
6 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
6 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
6 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
6 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
6 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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